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Metallica ==> Symphony and Metallica

Always, always, always a good choice! The interaction between the orchestra and the band is incredible, especially on a piece like "One." As someone once told me, "if you can't get jacked up listening to this, you haven't got a pulse."

Being married to an Aussie, and loving Aussie music myself (along with their Shiraz!), it's not surprising that I've been enjoying the following:

*** Midnight Oil - "Scream in Blue (Live)" is my favorite CD from Australia, easily in my top 5 favorite rock CDs of all time.
*** Crowded House - Their "Greatest Hits" CD is a wonderful compilation of their exquisite music. "Don't Dream It's Over" is one of those songs that I wish I had the talent to write... absolutely beautiful.
*** Icehouse - Measure For Measure" is a bit dated but that's OK... lead singer Iva Davies has a magnificent voice so I never get tired of listening to this band's music.

Love jazz as well, especially Pat Metheny. The "Travels" CD is an all-time favorite (the live version of the song "Are You Going With Me?" is timeless). Also, Metheny's latest effort, a collarboration with Brad Meldau (sp?) is terrific as well.
I must be the last person on earth to have discovered YouTube. My wife was at the computer the other night listening to an Eagles song i KNOW she doesn't have on CD. Wandered in and she showed me how much music is actually on YouTube.

Spent the last couple of weeks listening to all sorts of stuff since then! (Not much classical on UT though).

Have to admit that since Football season is kicking off for me tonight (GO NINERS) that I just blasted Pinks Sunday Night Football song thru the house as a "warm-up".... Football/ Pizza/ Beer night!
Quite a few weeks ago my wife & I saw a PBS broadcast about "The British Beat" and one of the bands featured was Gerry and the Pacemakers. As one could see while watching this program, a whole lot of years have obviously passed, yet Gerry Marsden can still sing pretty damn well. His versions of "Ferry Cross the Mersey" and "Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying," especially with some nice orchestral backing, was quite memorable. So much so, in fact, that we bought the DVD from Amazon, which arrived today. Along with some other great songs from the 60's, these two songs were the highlights for us... we ended up replaying them 3-4 times.

I'm not _that_ old to remember the band as I was growing up (I have my older brother to thank for all the early-to-mid 60's music I was introduced to) but it was sure nice to hear (and see) the band doing superb renditions of a couple of classics... even in their "advanced years."

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